Fired Alibaba employee suspected of 'forcible indecency', no proof of rape: police
Updated 13:22, 15-Aug-2021
Alibaba's logo shown in an expo in Shanghai, east China, April 9, 2021. /CFP

Alibaba's logo shown in an expo in Shanghai, east China, April 9, 2021. /CFP

A fired male employee of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is suspected of committing "forcible indecency" against a female colleague, said a local Chinese police department on Saturday, adding that no proof of rape was found after initial investigations.

The Huaiyin District Bureau of Jinan Police Department has taken criminal compulsory measures against the two suspects in the case, according to a release, and the case is still being investigated.

The female employee's claim of being sexually assaulted by her supervisor and a client during a "forced" business trip has circulated through social media since last Saturday. 

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As per screenshots of the woman's 11-page PDF allegation, which went viral on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo, her boss asked her to "keep company with clients" on the evening of July 27 in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, and she was "kissed" and her "private parts touched" by one of the clients.

The woman said she was hungover in a hotel room next morning with her clothes removed and didn't remember what happened the previous night. However, she saw her boss entering her room four times after viewing closed-circuit television footage.

The police said the accused man committed "forcible indecency" against the woman the second time he entered her room, after "getting her agreement to obtain a room card" as she was drunk.

According to the police, Alibaba's client also committed the act against her, first on the evening of July 27 and again on the morning of July 28 in her room, after "she contacted him and told him her room number."

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